Cold Spring Brewing Company Employee Spotlight – Ronda Smith

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Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) has been around for quite some time, seizing every opportunity to draw in employment, new opportunities, and, of course, new beer to the region. We always love to hear about how our fans and employees find us – which is why we love the unique journey of our Shipping Distribution Center (SDC) warehouse manager, Ronda Smith.

“My journey began when my husband was asked to relocate with the company he and I both worked for,” said Ronda. “I decided it was a great time for me to be able to broaden my horizons in the food and beverage industry with a new company. I lucked out when I found Cold Spring, and I haven’t looked back.”

An Alabama native, Ronda was on the move and looking for opportunities to grow within the Cold Spring community. She found a solid foundation in Cold Spring Brewing Company. As an SDC warehouse manager, Ronda is in charge of all products being shipped out to customers while ensuring the flow of day to day operations, inventory management, and process improvement.

“Cold Spring has been around for a very long time and is well known. I felt that it would be an amazing opportunity to find a home, if you will, or somewhere to plant roots,” explained Ronda. “This company keeps growing year after year, which means that they’re doing something right.”

Ronda is a go-getter, always excited to learn new things and teach others along the way. With background in peanut butter manufacturing, she found that learning a whole new process in the brewing industry always keeps her on her toes.

“CSBC is growing exponentially, and they’re heading in the right direction,” said Ronda. “Anyone who wants to grow in the company has the opportunity, which is great for our team members. I’m excited to see where the company will end up in the future.”

When Ronda isn’t hard at work ensuring warehouse processes run smoothly, she can be found hitting the open road.

“I love spending time with my husband and children,” Ronda said. “But you can normally find me on my motorcycle.”

As we’re busy making new batches of our brews, we’re proud to have Ronda on board as an organized and positive team player. Cheers to you!

Cold Spring Brewing Co. to Expand Operations in Minnesota Facility

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), a Carolina Beverage Group subsidiary, is pleased to announce plans to add a new production line to the company’s facility in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

“We are very excited to move forward with our latest expansion,” explained Scott Bender, Vice President and General Manager. “Once complete, we’ll be adding 60 to 100 new jobs and growing our total employment to over 600 talented professionals.”

Carolina Beverage Group (CBG) is one of the nation’s largest beverage co-packing companies, with facilities in North Carolina, Texas and Minnesota. With this latest expansion, the company increased its opportunities to serve both existing and new customers. The expansion will be added to the company’s production and warehousing facility at 107 11th Street NE in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

CBG expanded into Minnesota in 2017, with the acquisition of CSBC. Since the acquisition, the Minnesota facility has increased sales by over 20%, expanded its warehousing capacity, welcomed 117 new team members and increased production capabilities.

CBG operates with an emphasis on exceptional customer service and establishing high standards for quality production. Innovation, flexible manufacturing, extensive quality controls and value-added distribution services make CBG a trusted and reliable partner that can meet the evolving needs of customers in the beverage industry.

Employee Spotlight – Tim Court

We don’t just prioritize making great beer for our customers, we prioritize the safety of our employees every step of the way. That’s why we’re proud to feature a key player from our safety management crew: Tim Court.

Tim has lived in the Cold Spring area most of his life, enjoying everything the great Minnesota outdoors has to offer.

“My parents moved to rural St. Joseph (from St. Cloud) when I was in grade school and I’ve spent the better part of my life enjoying the outdoor recreation this area has to offer,” said Tim. “I married a Cold Spring girl; we have three daughters and we live just a short drive north of town.”

After working for many years in another industry, Tim was ready for a career shift. He was drawn to CSBC for many reasons, including a great workplace, a focus on safety, proximity to home and the flexibility to support his family’s needs. Working in safety management at CSBC, Tim helps create a positive, comfortable and safe environment for his fellow employees.

“Safety management is all about being available as a resource and providing the tools necessary to support employee and business development in a safe and effective way,” said Tim. “Getting people to take a personal approach to safety is paramount in building a safe culture and in building safety into our everyday life.”

Tim deeply enjoys working at CSBC, tying his satisfaction back to the company’s welcoming internal culture and strong links within the surrounding community.

“Craft beers are a very small part of the business from a production perspective, but they are what ties us to the community,” explained Tim. “There’s always something going on here that’s being done to benefit someone else’s cause. It’s nice to be a part of something positive; the bulletin board is always filled with thank you notes.”

In a growing field at a growing company, what does the future look like from Tim’s perspective? Full of opportunities to learn and make positive change.

“The growth trend that we are on right now is incredible [but] while this is exciting to think about, these opportunities bring with them many challenges,” said Tim. “We’ve got to continue to build our relationships with our business partners, the community and with our employees if we want to maximize the opportunity. It’s exciting to think where this might take us as one of the largest employers in the area.”

With one brew season coming to a close and another one quickly rolling in, we’re proud that we can count on Tim to help ensure our employees are kept happy and, of course, safe. Cheers to you!

Third Street Brewhouse Launches Lake State Brown Ale – Just in Time for Fall

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are excited to announce the launch of a new craft beer celebrating Minnesota – Lake State Brown Ale. Look for Lake State Brown Ale on tap and in liquor stores now.

“There’s nothing better than a rich American Brown Ale, especially at the start of the fall season,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “We’re really proud of our Lake State Brown Ale – it’s a complex brew with hints of chocolate and caramel. The perfect addition to our year-round craft beer lineup.” 

Lake State Brown Ale was named in honor of Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes, and in celebration of the “lake state of mind” Minnesotans adopt when they leave the city behind for a weekend at the lake. Lake State Brown Ale is the perfect beer for fall weekends outdoors, winter nights by the fireside or any time a beer lover needs to slow down, sit back and relax. It’s the perfect balance to Minnesota’s hop-forward craft beer trend, providing a smooth, malty alternative that pairs beautifully with hearty foods and rich desserts.

Brewed to highlight maltiness, Third Street Brewhouse blended 2-Row, Cara Gold and Chocolate malts with roasted barley for a subtly sweet flavor. Magnum, Golding and Tettnager hops hover faintly in the background, adding to the brew’s complexity. Lake State Brown Ale has an ABV of 5.5%.

Lake State Brown Ale is now available on tap at many locations in Minnesota. 12-pack cases of 12oz cans are also available at liquor stores. For more information about Third Street Brewhouse and the rest of Third Street Brewhouse’s craft beer lineup, please visit www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer division of Cold Spring Brewing Company. With an outstanding array of year-round craft beers, unique seasonal brews and innovative spiked seltzer waters, Third Street Brewhouse is taking Minnesota craft brewing to another level. In 2016, their first Oktoberfest was ranked #2 in Paste Magazine’s top 55 Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers. Third Street Brewhouse brews are available in liquor stores and bars, as well as at the Third Street Brewhouse Tap House in Cold Spring, MN.

Employee Spotlight – Lindsay Wallace

Here at Cold Spring Brewing, we don’t just take pride in making fantastic beer – we take pride in our fantastic people. It takes a village to help make sure our innovative brews are shared with you – that’s why we’re proud to highlight Lindsay Wallace as this month’s CSBC Employee Spotlight! As a sales rep, Lindsay’s role is to create relationships with our sellers, distributors and, ultimately, our customers.

“I was a fan of Cold Spring before they were Third Street,” said Lindsay. “I was a regular Northern Honey Brown drinker and when the new brewhouse opened it provided a wider variety of high-quality craft beer that I had never seen before – there were a few other craft breweries out there but none with the variety Third Street offered.”

In his role, Lindsay has the unique opportunity to ensure our products are promoted, sampled and enjoyed by our consumers.

“I meet with owners and managers of on-premise and off-premise sales to promote our products and brewery,” explained Lindsay. “I organize events, samplings and promotions with both types of accounts to increase sales and exposure to our products. We also work with our distribution partners and their sales staff to help sell our products. In short, I go to bars, liquor stores and restaurants all day!”

His favorite part of the job? Keeping up with the changes in the industry while having the opportunity to get feedback from those who love our product most. “With the increase in consumer demand for craft beer, it makes it a lot of fun to present our products to consumers,” expressed Lindsay. “The market is constantly changing and with new breweries opening every week I enjoy the challenge of marketing our products to our sellers, distributors and ultimately our consumers. The growth of the industry provides challenges, but Third Street also has unique advantages in size which makes us very different from other local crafts.”

With the new brew season just around the corner, one thing’s for sure, Lindsay is looking forward to what distributors, and customers alike, are going to say about the new beers.

“There’s opportunity for growth with our ability to produce a large quantity of high-quality products,” said Lindsay. “I’m looking forward to an extremely busy fall and gearing up for 2020!”

Employee Spotlight – Alysse Rolfes

What does it take to get our high-quality brews off our line and into your cooler? It wouldn’t be possible without the CSBC employees who make it happen – like Alysse Rolfes, our Quality Control Manager.

Alysse is what you might call a “jack-of-all-trades.” Starting at Cold Spring Brewing Co. when she was just 20-years-old, she’s stayed with us for the past 12 years, enjoying the details that make CSBC run smoothly every day.

“I enjoy the work,” said Alysse. “It’s mentally challenging to ensure we’re delivering what our customers need. I also like the science aspect. I don’t come into work and feel like I’m just standing in a spot going through the mechanics – things are always moving and changing.”

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Alysse moved to Minnesota when she was in high school – she loved the great state so much, she decided to stick around. Since taking on the role as Quality Control Manager, she’s constantly kept an eye out for ways to challenge herself – everything from taking specs and grabbing samples off the line, to establishing customer relationships and improving team morale and training – she can do it all.

“It’s what I like,” explained Alysse. “There’s so many different components that keep you on your toes!”
When asked what she looked forward to most at her future with CSBC, she simply said opportunity.

“Right now we’re growing, which we’ve pretty much been doing at a constant rate,” Alysse continued. “From working on new projects and developing our company with our employees, it’s exciting to see what else is going to change and what will be incorporated into our facility – it’s exciting when we get to create new jobs for the local community. Everyone knows us as a staple.”

When she’s not working, Alysse can be found enjoying Minnesota’s great pastime: hockey. “I’m a huge hockey fanatic!” said Alysse. “I played hockey when I was younger, but now I just watch it – everything from peewee to pro, to college and the Canadian League.”

Spoken like a true Minnesotan.

Third Street Brewhouse Introduces New Beer – JHB IPA An Experimental Journey in Craft Brewing Gone Oh-So-Right

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are pushing the craft brewing industry in a new and innovative direction with their Juicy Hazy Brut IPA (JHB) which is available on tap and on shelves now.

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“When we set out to make JHB, we wanted to create something completely unique in the craft beer market,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “Juicy IPAs are everywhere. Everyone has a Hazy. Brut IPAs are hitting the market with impressive results. With some trial and error, we combined three contrasting styles for something pretty spectacular.” 

The Third Street Brewhouse team is willing to bet that JHB is unlike anything craft beer lovers have ever tasted. It’s juicy and fruity with hints of mango and passionfruit on the forefront but has a dry finish. This juxtaposition of styles presents more than a beer – JHB is an all-encompassing experience from start to finish.

Denali, Mosaic and Ekuanat hops give JHB the prominent hop flavor of an IPA without overpowering the brew’s subtle complexity. 2row, Vienna and Carapils malts combine to give JHB a hazy but pale and golden color. Give it a try. Be amazed. Fall in love. JHB has an ABV of 6.4% and an IBU of 55.

JHB is currently available on tap at many locations in Minnesota. 12-pack cases of 12oz cans can also be available at liquor stores. For more information about Third Street Brewhouse and the rest of Third Street Brewhouse’s craft beer lineup, please visit www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer division of Cold Spring Brewing Company. With an outstanding array of year-round craft beers, unique seasonal brews and innovative spiked seltzer waters, Third Street Brewhouse is taking Minnesota craft brewing to another level. In 2016, their first Oktoberfest was ranked #2 in Paste Magazine’s top 55 Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers. Third Street Brewhouse brews are available in liquor stores and bars, as well as at the Third Street Brewhouse Taproom in Cold Spring, MN.

Employee Spotlight – Olivia Ward

From keeping our orders straight to ensuring our product licensing is always in order, we couldn’t do what we do without Olivia (Liv) Ward, our Beer and Alcohol Compliance Coordinator.

Liv manages all behind-the-scenes order processes for CSBC’s alcoholic beverages. From solidifying order amounts to tracking orders, getting the necessary paperwork and meeting license and fee deadlines, Liv works to make sure all CSBC and Third Street Brewhouse processes are completed as efficiently as possible.

“There’s never a dull day around here,” Liv said. “There’s always something new coming out or changing, and I’m always busy staying one step ahead of it all so we can process each product smoothly. It may sound chaotic, but that’s what makes this job fun!”

As a central Minnesota native, Liv had known about Third Street Brewhouse, its great brews and CSBC’s commitment to the community for years before joining the company. When she heard that CSBC was hiring for this role, she knew it was time to leave her days of medical billing behind and join the team.

Liv started working with CSBC last year. Her deep involvement with the backend side of the process has grown her appreciation for the company’s large growth potential.

“I’m really excited about CSBC’s growth as a company. Since I started, we’ve been moving along a steady upward trajectory. It’s been an exciting time to be on the team, and I look forward to seeing where we go next.”

When she’s not working, Liv enjoys spending time outside enjoying Minnesota’s fresh air with her friends.

Third Street Brewhouse Releases Two New Brews: Peach Tree Lager and Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC) and Third Street Brewhouse are excited to debut two fruit-forward new brews for the summer season: Peach Tree Lager and Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy are currently available on tap and will be available in 12oz. cans in the next few weeks.

“Our Brewhouse team is always experimenting with new techniques and flavors, and we landed on two exciting new brews this year,” said Karl Schmitz, Brewhouse Manager. “Peach Tree takes lagers to a new level, and Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy marries blueberries with a hint of lemon for a refreshing, everyday shandy.”.

Peach Tree Lager joins Third Street Brewhouse’s year-round beer lineup and will be available in 12oz. cans. This lager is brewed with 2 Row and C60 malts, Zeus, Hersbrucker and Willamette hops and fresh, delicious peach flavor for a unique beer that is light and sweet

Peach Tree has an ABV of 4.0% and pairs nicely with seafood, grilled pork, summer salads and long evenings spent laughing with great company.
 
 
 
 
If you’re looking for an excellent new beer to enjoy this summer, Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy fits the bill. This seasonal brew will only be available through the summer months, so be sure to enjoy it while supplies last. Brewed with 2 Row, C45 and White Wheat malts, Tettnager hops and fresh blueberry flavor, Sun Setter has a beautiful purple hue. This brew is slightly sweet and unexpectedly complex – perfect for enjoying while sitting around a bonfire and watching the sunset.

Sun Setter has an ABV of 4.2%.

Peach Tree Lager and Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy are now available on tap at many locations in Minnesota. 12-pack cases of 12oz. cans will also be available at liquor stores in the coming weeks. For more information about Third Street Brewhouse, Peach Tree Lager, Sun Setter Blueberry Shandy and the rest of Third Street Brewhouse’s craft beer lineup, please visit www.thirdstreetbrewhouse.com.

Third Street Brewhouse is the craft beer division of Cold Spring Brewing Company. With an outstanding craft beer lineup, unique seasonal brews and innovative spiked seltzer waters, Third Street Brewhouse is taking Minnesota craft beer to another level. In 2016, their first Oktoberfest was ranked #2 in Paste Magazine’s top 55 Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers. Third Street Brewhouse brews are available in liquor stores and bars, as well as at the Third Street Brewhouse Taproom in Cold Spring, MN.

Cold Spring Brewing Co. Adds Warehousing Capacity with New Lease

COLD SPRING, MN – Cold Spring Brewing Co. (CSBC), leading beverage producer for major retailers throughout the world, is pleased to announce the expansion of the company’s warehouse capacity with the addition of a leased 300,000+ square foot space. This additional capacity brings CSBC’s total warehousing capacity to over one million square feet.

“This new space is an excellent addition to CSBC’s facilities, and the opportunity arose at the perfect time” said Scott Bender, General Manager at CSBC. “The additional 300,000+ square feet of warehousing space will allow us to meet growing client demands and create high-quality jobs in the region.”

CSBC has entered into a five-year lease agreement to rent the former Creative Memories manufacturing space near Saint Cloud just off of I-94. The facility includes 20,000 square feet of office space and a fully air-conditioned manufacturing area with 31’ clear height.

The expanded warehousing capacity will allow CSBC to add over 100 new jobs for forklift drivers, production staff, warehouse staff and more. Interested applicants are invited to visit www.coldspringbrewery.com/careers for details on available positions and to submit an application. CSBC is proud to be able to bring more jobs and economic support to the same community they have been a part of for over 145 years.

CSBC has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. In 2018, CSBC became part of the Carolina Beverage Group, expanding CSBC’s national footprint. The same year, CSBC opened a 300,000 square-foot facility in Cold Spring to expand manufacturing and shipping capacity, and the company has already maximized production and outgrown this space.

“We’re looking forward to growing our team and increasing our production capabilities in this new space,” continued Bender.

CSBC is committed to supporting regional economic development by offering competitive, high-quality jobs in a variety of areas. Visit www.coldspringbrewery.com/careers for more information on available positions.